Yoga FAQ

What is yoga?

Yoga originated in India as a spiritual and physical practice that brought balance and healing to the body and mind. In North America Yoga has become not just a practice but also lifestyle. Yoga is both an art and a science; through practice a student will explore the connection between the body, mind and spirit. Yoga uses the natural flow of breath, and is a unique way to exercise the physical as well as mental self to achieve total wellbeing. By practicing yoga one can rejuvenate the body and the mind. Yoga stretches, strengthens and builds stamina, in addition to improving the functioning of all the vital organs. Yoga helps individuals realize their potential for holistic self-healing and inner peace.

What type of yoga is taught at Sweet Serenity?

We generally teach te Vinyasa style of yoga. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad ranges, but essentially it means “breath-synchronized movement.” In Vinyasa Yoga the teacher instructs you to move from one pose to the next while inhaling or exhaling a breath. This style of yoga typically starts with a series of poses called sun salutations to warm the body up;, the remainder of the class allows for a great deal of variation and involves lots of movement beyond simple active stretching. Because there are many different types of yoga – each with unique benefits – Sweet Serenity borrows elements from many of them in order to offer a wide variety of classes with different goals for all levels of ability.

I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?

Absolutely! In fact, you’re the perfect candidate for yoga. Give it a try and, over time, you’ll notice that it helps you to become more flexible. Everybody is different, so never feel the need to practice poses exactly like the teacher: they are there as a guide, and have been practicing yoga for a long time. Listen to your body, don’t force yourself, and stay within your limits. Also, as with any other exercise program, please consult your doctor before beginning any new Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness class.

What do I need to bring?

Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class, especially if you are practicing hot yoga. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are also available for use in studio at no charge, and we’ll have anything else that you’ll need.

When should I practice yoga?

This is entirely up to you; however, try to avoid practicing if you’ve eaten a heavy meal in the 2 hours prior and only eat something light and easy to digest if you’re hungry as class approaches. This is because you’ll be twisting, bending, and turning upside down – things that are not very comfortable with a full stomach! While some people enjoy early morning sessions, sessions before lunch, or a relaxing class just before bed, it’s recommended you practice yoga as consistently as possible. Some like to practice 1-2 one hour classes per week and some thrive on daily classes just find a time that works for you and schedule your classes so you don’t forget! We also recommend that our clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there’s no set formula for results.

Can I do yoga while pregnant?

You sure can! While yoga can have many benefits for mom and baby during pregnancy, there are many poses and transitions that need to be avoided. Sweet Serenity has a registered series* of Prenatal Yoga for those looking to keep their practice going in all stages of their pregnancy. These classes are designed with safe and mindful poses to support you and your growing baby. This registered series offers gentle poses, breathing and relaxation techniques suitable for pregnancy and allows you to learn techniques to relieve aches and pains while connecting with your body and baby. It’s also a great way to meet other new moms-to-be in the community!
*Registered series’ are to be paid in full at the time of registration and cannot be combined with any other offer or pass.

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Barre FAQ

What is barre?

Expect to have FUN! Barre is a low impact, high intensity workout in which small isometric movements target and tone specific areas of your body. Although there are elements of yoga and pilates, barre is a workout like no other. It lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat – and you can see results in as little as ten classes! There’s no need to spend hours at the gym or pay a personal trainer when 60 minutes in a barre class will have you addressing every muscle group and feel worked. Instructors put their own spin on every class so no two barre classes are ever the same and you’ll never be bored with a workout again. All classes in the barre program are designed to challenge at every level. We offer modifications and challenges for everyone, regardless of experience or ability. Please let your instructor know if you have any injuries or concerns prior to class, and feel free to ask any questions before or after class as well.

What do I wear to class?

Leave your tutus & leotards at home! To get the most from your barre class it’s best to wear capri-style yoga pants, a comfortable top and a light sweater. You can wear anything that you’d normally work out in, but please try to avoid loose shorts or shirts. Barre classes focus on specific muscle groups one at a time, and therefore it’s important to keep your idle muscles warm until they’re ready to become the focus.

What do I need to bring?

Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are also available for use in studio at no charge, and we’ll have anything else that you’ll need.

Why do I shake?

You’re shaking because your muscles have reached the point of fatigue. We say embrace the shake! It’s a good thing! Our goal is to have each muscle group we target during a specific section of class to shake every time. After you shake, we stretch to lengthen the muscles while they are warm and flexible. This leads to long, lean muscles that are noticeably toned.

How often should I take class?

At Sweet Serenity Yoga we have many class styles to choose from, which allows for “muscle confusion;” this is the idea that by constantly changing your workouts you “confuse” your muscles, thereby increasing the stimulation and resulting adaptation. We recommend that all clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there is no set formula for results. Having said that, a great start would be 2-3 classes a week; to get the most out of your workouts, you’ll want to eventually increase your workouts to 3-4 times a week. All classes are constantly being updated so each class remains fresh to avoid muscle adaptation and make sure you’re always being challenged.

Please feel free to reach out to your favorite instructor or speak to anyone on our team about your goals and we’ll be happy to weigh in on the best way for you to reach them.

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Pilates FAQ

What is Pilates?

“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”
-Joseph H. Pilates

Like yoga, the Pilates method is an approach to mind & body integration. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances a core strength that increases flexibility and coordination. At Sweet Serenity Yoga our Pilates classes are performed as a mat class, really focusing on core work using various strengths of resistance bands and delivering a comprehensive, full-body workout that challenges virtually every major muscle group of the body. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. Pilates develops and enhances stamina, posture, alignment & core strength for everybody, from athletes to mothers!

What is the difference between yoga and pilates?

Pilates mainly concentrates on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine. Also, Pilates is a valuable tool for increasing strength, definition and proper posture. Yoga aims to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit. Yoga is often considered therapeutic when compared to Pilates, as it helps people find harmony and release stress.

What do I need to bring?

Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are also available for use in studio at no charge, and the studio will have anything else that you’ll need.

How often should I take class?

At Sweet Serenity Yoga we have many class styles to choose from, which allows for “muscle confusion;” this is the idea that by constantly changing your workouts you “confuse” your muscles, thereby increasing the stimulation and resulting adaptation. We recommend that all clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there is no set formula for results. Having said that, a great start would be 2-3 classes a week; to get the most out of your workouts, you’ll want to eventually increase your workouts to 3-4 times a week. All classes are constantly being updated so each class remains fresh to avoid muscle adaptation and make sure you’re always being challenged.

Please feel free to reach out to your favorite instructor or speak to anyone on our team about your goals and we’ll be happy to weigh in on the best way for you to reach them.

“10 sessions – feel the difference. 20 sessions – see the difference. 30 sessions – have a new body!” -Joseph Pilates

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Zumba FAQ

Please wear indoor sneakers with non-marking soles to class to keep the studio clean. Thank you!

What is Zumba?

Zumba is a one-hour fitness class based on the principle of interval training, alternating high intensity and lower intensity exercise, which works for both beginners and advanced exercisers. In Zumba, changes in intensity are driven by the different rhythms of the music and the steps, without the negative effects of high-impact aerobics. We start with a warm up, and then move through 10-12 routines which vary in intensity and style, including merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, cumbia, quebradita, calypso and even a little belly dancing! Zumba blends traditional dance steps with basic fitness moves so everyone can participate, and it’s very easy to follow. We finish with a cool down and stretch to bring the heart rate down and relax the muscles.

What do I need to bring?

Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise that allows freedom of movement; fabrics that hold the moisture away from your body are preferred. Most importantly, shoes should be comfortable with plenty of cushion and lateral support. You may find that running shoes have too much tread to allow for side-to-side movement, so lesser-tread athletic shoes may be preferable. Dance sneakers such as Bloch or Capezio are an excellent choice for some people. If in doubt, please contact us! We don’t recommend bare feet or sock feet in class due to lack of support and safety concerns. We also recommend you bring a small towel and some water to stay hydrated.

What if I can’t get the steps right away?

​Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional dancer or have Latin genes to Zumba!. The steps are very easy to follow and once you see the basic moves for each rhythm, which repeat often, you’ll catch on. These steps are combined with basic fitness or aerobics moves; it’s not complicated choreography. The routines are designed so you can get a good workout even if it is your very first Zumba class. The songs are also repeated for 6-8 weeks, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice. People sometimes worry they’re completely uncoordinated but we’ve found this to be untrue! We tend to be our own worst critics. Everyone is so focused on getting into the music, no one is concerned about what others are doing in the class; the most important thing is to just move, have fun and don’t take it too seriously! Focus on the feet first, then the arms/hips, etc. and the rest follows – we guarantee it gets easier with every class. ​Please feel free to see us before or after class if you want to review a step in more detail or have questions. Remember, Zumba was created so that anyone and everyone can do it!

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Contact Us

8330-112th Street
Delta, BC V4C 7Z2

Phone: (604) 603-YOGA
Email: info@sweetserenityyoga.com

Monday: 8:45am-12pm • 3:00pm-9:45pm
Tuesday: 8:45am-12pm • 4:00-9:45pm
Wednesday: 9:15am-12:00pm • 4pm-9:45pm
Thursday: 6:00am-10:45am • 3:15pm-9pm
Friday: 8:45am-11:45am • 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm

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